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Feb 3, 2010, 3:43 PM
Emmy-winning comedy writer Barry Blitzer, who penned episodes of such Hanna-Barbera series as The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Top Cat, died January 27 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California from complications after abdominal surgery, the Writers Guild of America announced. He was 80.
"The Flintstones" writer Barry Blitzer dead at 80
A resident of nearby Pacific Palisades, he was the last living member of the group of writers who shared a Best Comedy Writing Emmy in 1956 for The Phil Silvers Show. They won the award for the episode "You'll Never Get Rich."
Often credited as Barry E. Blitzer, he wrote the Flintstones episodes The Flintstone Canaries, Kleptomaniac Pebbles and Peek-A-Boo Camera (1963); Reel Trouble, Son Of Rockzilla, Monster Fred and Adobe Dick (1964); Deep In The Heart Of Texarock and Shinrock-A-Go-Go (1965); and Fred Goes Ape, Dripper and Fred's Island (1966).
For The Jetsons, he wrote the episodes The Space Car, Las Venus and Uniblab (1962); G.I. Jetson, Elroy's Mob, Private Property and Miss Solar System (1963); Fugitive Fleas (1984); and S.M.A.S.H., Sno Relative and The Wrong Stuff (1985).
He wrote the 1962 Top Cat episodes Dibble's Double, Dibble Sings Again, The Case Of The Absent Anteater and Choo Choo Goes Ga-Ga. A quarter of a century later, he wrote Top Cat And The Beverly Hills Cats, a 92-minute 1987 special that was part of the "Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10" syndication package. The film's plot was an extended remake of the original series' 1961 episode The Missing Heir.
Blitzer was the story editor for several 1981 episodes of The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang: "The French Correction," "Kelp!", "Time Schlep," "It's All Downhill from Here," "Double Jeopardy," "Fjords and Sorcery," "There's No Place Like Rome," "Perilous Pauline," "Around the World in 80 Ways," "All This and Timbuktu" and "Give Me a Hand: Something's Afoot." In addition, he was the story editor of Invasion Of The Booby Hatchers, an episode of 1981's Laverne and Shirley in the Army.
He was a writer for the Hanna-Barbera series The Roman Holidays (1972), Goober and the Ghost Chasers (1973), Partridge Family: 2200 A.D. (1974), Jokebook (1982), The Flintstone Kids (1986), The New Yogi Bear Show (1988) and Tom & Jerry Kids Show (1990). In addition, he wrote the story for the 1987 Foofur episode Puppy Love.
With Len Janson, he wrote the 1975 Filmation Associates series Wacky & Packy, which aired as part of both The Groovie Goolies and Friends and Uncle Croc's Block.
In 1968, Blitzer shared a Writers Guild nomination for Get Smart with co-writer Raymond Brenner, a frequent collaborator.
He wrote for such other live-action comedy shows as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Love Boat, Too Close for Comfort, McHale's Navy and Good Times.
In addition, Blitzer wrote for such live-action kids' shows as Land of the Lost.
Born on April 29, 1929, he attended the University of Georgia. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
A Writers Guild of America, West member since 1961, he took part in many WGA events. He was also active in campaigning for equal rights for animation writers.
He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin. For a long time, he wrote a humor column in his home town paper, the Palisadean Post.
Barry Blitzer is survived by his wife Elsie, a daughter and a sister. Donations may be made to the Writers Guild Foundation.
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